Robe dances with the Mazowsze stars
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
robe-mazowsze-foto-by-piotr-pasieczny-betlejem-polskie-1097A typical Mazowsze performance will include around 80 dancers (photo: Piotr Pasieczny)
Poland - The Polish state folk group of song and dance, Mazowsze, is named after the country’s Mazowsze region.
In 2018 it became even better known after featuring in Paweł Pawlikowski’s movie Cold War - and just before that, it invested in some of Robe’s large Tarrantula LED wash beams, which met a tender specification that was initiated by technical manager and lighting designer, Lukas Rúzewilz.
Their impressive rehearsal and performance facility on the outskirts of Warsaw has been open since 2009, and Lukas has worked there for a year, before which he was the technical manager of the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw, another cultural landmark.
Mazowsze’s 600-capacity venue is funded by the government and, in addition to being home to the company, it stages several other dance, music, theatre, comedy and ballet shows, amounting to around 250 a year. All Mazowsze’s own touring shows are produced there before going on the road.
When Lukas joined the production and technical team a year ago, the venue’s existing moving light rig was 10 years old and in need of an upgrade, so he started the ball rolling on this process.
A tender for new moving lights was offered to selected companies, and the section to provide LED wash lights was won by Robe’s Polish distributor Prolight with the Tarrantulas, which met the spec nicely.
Prolight supplied 24 Tarrantulas as part of the new package, on which Lukas commented: “They have everything you want in a lamp and are extremely powerful and strong.”
He lights all the productions that appear onstage at the venue, and has often worked with Robes on previous shows, including LEDWash 1200s, a popular choice from Robe’s first generation of LED washes.
One of the challenges in lighting Mazowsze’s own shows is in bringing out the beautiful colours and intricacies of the traditional folk costumes, and so when Lukas and the technical team were discussing the idea of new fixtures with the company’s director, Jacek Boniecki, they touched on issues like the reliability and long life of the lights in the context of having good continuity.
Twelve of the Tarrantulas are installed almost permanently in the venue above the stage and work most of the time, while the other 12 are used as and when needed. They work as a perfect complement to the profile fixtures that were also part of the lighting upgrade.
A typical Mazowsze performance will include around 80 dancers, 40 x orchestra and 20-24 songs all in different and highly detailed costumes.
(Jim Evans)

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